[ ref-uh-ren-shuh l ]
/ ˌrɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl /


having reference: referential to something.
containing a reference.
used for reference.

Nearby words

  1. reference mark,
  2. reference values,
  3. reference works,
  4. referendum,
  5. referent,
  6. referentially,
  7. referral,
  8. referred pain,
  9. referred sensation,
  10. referrible

Origin of referential

First recorded in 1650–60; referent + -ial

Related formsref·er·en·tial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for referentially



1650s, from reference (n.) on model of inferential, etc. Related: Referentially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper